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Fighting with your spouse? Stressed out at work? Major life change and you don't know what to do or where to turn? You've found the right place. Psychotherapy isn't just for those who have been officially diagnosed with a mental health condition.

What is psychotherapy?

Let's play a quick game of word association. When I say, “psycho,” what do you immediately think of?Crazy and nuts? A serial killer? A straight jacket?

Psychotherapy, then, must only be for the crazies of society right? The guys who's mug shots are plastered all over the news and whom we would hide our kids from correct?

If this is the conception that you have about psychotherapy, welcome to the club! You’re not alone and I'm glad that you're here.

Psychotherapy, in fact, is not just for the crazies. It’s simply talk therapy, a general term used for the form of treatment based on “talking work” done with a therapist. It's no more and no less than simply working through your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours through talking with a trained professional. That’s all!

So if psychotherapy really has nothing to do with the crazies and nuts of society, then for whom is it for?

Who needs psychotherapy? Isn't it only for people with a mental illness?

Psychotherapy can be helpful for most individuals suffering with mental illness, for sure, but did you know that it’s not JUST for those diagnosed with a mental health condition? Because at the core, our goal is to increase your sense of well-being and improve your relationships, anybody going through the following life situations could be benefited by psychotherapy:

- Conflict with a partner or loved one.

- Anxiety or stress at work or other unavoidable situation.

- Major life change (e.g. divorce, death of loved one, loss of job).

- Triggers from unavoidable persons in your life (e.g. partner, family member, co-worker)

- Physical health problem impacting mental and/or emotional state.

- Physical or sexual abuse, either as a victim of or as a witness of.

- Sexual problems.

- Sleeping problems.

Any of the above sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. We want to help you live a happier, healthier, and more productive life, especially through the inevitable stressors that life throws at us. As the old adage goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. We’re here to give you the right tools so that you can make lemonade.

What are the conditions treated by psychotherapy?

For those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, psychotherapy is an excellent treatment option for most mental health conditions. This includes:

- Anxiety disorders [e.g. obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)]

- Mood disorders (e.g. depression or bipolar disorder)

- Addictions (e.g. alcoholism, drug dependence, or compulsive gambling)

- Eating disorders (e.g. anorexia or bulimia)

- Personality disorders (e.g. borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder)

- Schizophrenia or other disorders that cause detachment from reality (ie. psychotic disorders)

Will I be prescribed medication?

As a psychotherapist, we are not licensed to prescribe medication. However, we can identify when our clients may benefit from pharmacological intervention. Should this situation arise, with the consent of the client, referral to a medical doctor can be made to determine the necessity of the use of prescription medication and to monitor ongoing usage.

How effective could “just” talk therapy be?

Words are extremely powerful. Ever had your day ruined by seemingly the smallest and most innocent comment from a family member, friend, or even a complete stranger? On the flip side, ever had your day or even your week completely made because of a kind word or encouragement that someone said to you? From experience, then, it's undeniable the impact that words can have on our emotions and feelings. And as you know, our emotions and feelings can then in turn have a significant impact on our behaviour.

What, then, about our own words towards our own self? What's the power that our own thoughts have on our emotions, feelings, and behaviour? Experts have estimated that our minds think between 60 to 80 thousand thoughts a day. Can you imagine the impact of the sheer amount of those thoughts either working for or against you on a daily, hourly, and even minute-to-minute basis?

Words, then, whether externally or internally, have the power to make or break your actions and behaviour. What are the words, therefore, that are impacting and influencing you? Are those words building you up or tearing you down? Are the words that are being spoken over you enabling you to live the life that you’ve always dreamt of living?

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